For Immediate Release - April 26, 2013

AG Coakley Kicks Off 4th Annual Food Drive Competition in the Legal Community to Benefit Massachusetts Food Banks

Competition Has Raised More Than One Million Pounds of Food, Provided More Than 801,000 Meals

BOSTON – In an effort to raise awareness and fight hunger in Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley announces the start of the 4thAnnual Legal Food Frenzy (LFF). Organized by the AG’s Office and numerous bar associations, the LFF is a benevolent competition within the legal community that benefits all four Massachusetts food banks. The competition is credited with providing more than 801,000 meals to those struggling with hunger in the Commonwealth.

“We launch our annual Legal Food Frenzy at a time when our state is still grieving and recovering from the recent terror attacks and as we continue to care for those who were injured and lost loved ones,” said AG Coakley. “Many of the teams participating were directly impacted by the marathon bombings. As many of these firms work to assist the victims of this tragedy, we greatly appreciate their ongoing commitment to this additional charitable effort.

“At the same time, the need for food and donations are significant and constant year round, while contributions are typically at their lowest right now. We hope that this statewide effort will again help residents and families throughout the Commonwealth put food on the table and welcome those who are able to assist.”

The first annual Legal Food Frenzy was piloted in the Greater Boston area and has since expanded to benefit all four Massachusetts Food Banks—The Greater Boston Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank, and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. These four Food Banks serve more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that help feed hungry families across the Commonwealth.

This year, the Attorney General’s Office has recruited more than 65 legal organizations from across the state to participate. Registration for legal organizations will remain open until Monday, April 29. Participants will collect food items and donations during the campaign period of April 29 to May 10, a traditionally slow time for food donations. The goal is to raise 500,000 pounds of food or the monetary equivalent. The legal organization that raises the most food and/or money per capita will be awarded a celebratory trophy, the Legal Food Frenzy Cup, in recognition of their commitment to fighting hunger.

More than 60 law firms, law schools and legal organizations participated in the competition in 2012 and collectively raised the equivalent of 430,000 pounds of food (that includes monetary donations), providing an additional 331,000 meals for hungry families in Massachusetts. Last year the Hampshire County Bar Association won Legal Food Frenzy Cup. The two person team collected the equivalent of 7,022 pounds of food overall, wrestling the trophy from the 2010 and 2011 winner, law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. 

Many bar associations from across the Commonwealth have partnered with the A G’s Office to sponsor the Legal Food Frenzy including: the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Attleboro Bar Association, Bar Association of Norfolk County, Barnstable County Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Bristol County Bar Association, Franklin County Bar Association, Hampshire County Bar Association, Hampden County Bar Association, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Mass LGBTQ Bar Association, Plymouth County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, and the Worcester County Bar Association. For more information, please visit the Attorney General’s Legal Food Frenzy site.

Every four years, The Greater Boston Food Bank participates in a comprehensive study on the incidence and nature of hunger and food insecurity in the United States. According to the study the four food banks feed as many as 801,200 low-income people annually and that one in 11 people in the Commonwealth visits a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter. The number of people using the emergency food assistance network in Massachusetts has grown by 23% since 2006, and 61% of the people served have to choose between food and rent, medicine, or heat.  Food banks in Massachusetts serve 101,400 residents weekly. For more details on the Hunger Study, visit www.gbfb.org.

The following legal organizations and bar associations are participating in the 2013 Legal Food Frenzy:

 

Alekman DiTusa, LLC

Asian American Lawyers Association of Mass.

Bacon Wilson, PC

Badger Legal Group

Berkshire District Attorney's Office

Berman DeValerio

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Bowditch & Dewey- Boston Office

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP - Framingham Office

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP - Worcester Office

Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP

Community Legal Aid

Cooley LLP

Crowley and Cummings

Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C.

Donovan Hatem LLP

Essex County District Attorney's Office

Ferriter & Ferriter Attorneys

Fish & Richardson P.C.

Foley Hoag LLP

Franklin County Bar Association

Fuller, Rosenberg, Palmer & Beliveau, LLP

Gesmer Updegrove LLP

Hampden County Bar Association

Hampden District Attorney's Office

Hampshire County Bar Association

Health Law Advocates

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Jones Day

Keches Law Group

Klein Hornig LLP

Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

Law Office of Thomas M. Libbos

Lawson & Weitzen, LLP

Looney & Grossman LLP

Mass. Teachers Assoc., Div. of Legal Services

Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP

Murphy & King

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Northeastern University Phi Alpha Delta

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

O'Connell, Plumb & MacKinnon, P.C.

Phi Delta Phi, Bradlee Inn- New England Law Boston

Pierce, Davis + Perritano, LLP

Plymouth County Bar Association

Posternak Blankstein & Lund

Prince Lobel Tye, LLP

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP

Robinson and Cole LLP

Robinson Donovan, P.C.

Rubin and Rudman LLP

Sokolove Law/d50 Media

Sugarman

Taylor Duane Barton & Gliman  LLP

The McCormack Firm, LLC

Thornton & Naumes, LLP

Todd & Weld LLP

Western New England School of Law

WilmerHale

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

 

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